Vinesh wins historic bronze at the world championship, qualifies for Olympics

By   - 18/09/2019

After heartbreak on Day4, Vinesh Phoghat has finally realized her dream to win the world championship medal. Coming from the repechage round, Vinesh won the bronze for India in 53 kg weight category by defeating Maria Prevolaraki from Greece in a very tough bout. The medal came after yesterday’s disappointment of defeat to Japanese Mayu Mukaida.

Vinesh was in her elements since morning of the day 5. The wrestler from Haryana was more determined, more aggressive in the repechage round where first she took out Yuliia Blahinya of Ukraine and then world number 1 Sarah Hildebrandt of USA was outwitted by willy Vinesh. With these victories Vinesh secured ticket for Tokyo Olympics 2020 and now the bronze medal of the world championship.

This is the first world championship medal for the Asian games 2018 gold medallist. This is the 3rd world championship medal for the Phoghat family as Vinesh’s cousin sisters have already accomplished this feat twice. For India both Babita & Geeta Phoghat have won the world championship bronze medals in year 2012.

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Indian medal winners at Wrestling Worlds – Before 2019 event
Date Place Name Style Weight Rank
2010-09-10 Moscow Kumar, Sushil Freestyle 66.0 1
2018-10-20 Budapest Punia, Bajrang Freestyle 65.0 2
2013-09-16 Budapest Kumar, Amit Freestyle 55.0 2
1967-11-12 New Delhi Singh, Bishamber Ali Freestyle 57.0 2
2018-10-22 Budapest Dhanda, Pooja Female wrestling 57.0 3
2015-09-10 Las Vegas Yadav, Narsingh Panchav Freestyle 74.0 3
2013-09-20 Budapest Yadav, Sandeep Greco-Roman 66.0 3
2013-09-16 Budapest Punia, Barjang Freestyle 60.0 3
2012-09-27 Strathcona County Babita, Kumari Female wrestling 51.0 3
2012-09-27 Strathcona County Geeta Female wrestling 55.0 3
2009-09-21 Herning Kumar, Rames Freestyle 74.0 3
2006-09-29 Guangzhou Tomar, Alka Female wrestling 59.0 3
1961-06-01 Yokohama Chand, Udey Freestyle 67.0 3

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